Sale 1174 — The J. R. Helton, Jr. Collection of Used United States Stamps

Sale Date — Wednesday, 7 March, 2018

Category — 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
229
 
Sale 1174, Lot 229, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)3c Violet (555). Mathematically perfect centering with unusually wide and balanced margins, outstanding color on bright paper, long and full perforations, Extremely Fine Gem, a remarkable stampe, with 2017 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above a grade of 98 Jumbo, SMQ $300.00 as 98 Jumbo), this is the highest grade on record for a Scott 555 and the sole example to have achieved this perfect grade

1
375
230
 
Sale 1174, Lot 230, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)$1.00 Violet Black (571). Impeccably well-centered with balanced margins, fresh color, light violet cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), this is the highest grade on record with only two other examples equal

0
160
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231
 
Sale 1174, Lot 231, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)1c Green, Imperforate (575). Pair, huge margins all around including sheet margin at right and parts of five adjoining stamps, lovely strike of 1929 Benton Harbor Mich. machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; SMQ $500.00), only two have graded higher, we are left wondering why this wasn't awarded the Jumbo designation

12
150
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232
 
Sale 1174, Lot 232, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Carmine, Rotary (579). Well-centered for this coil-waste issue, light circular datestamp, Extremely Fine, with 1991 P.F. and 2015 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $325.00), only three grade higher

140
180
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233
 
Sale 1174, Lot 233, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)1c Green, Rotary, Perf 11 (594). Well-struck New York circular datestamp, rich color

FINE. A SCARCE SOUND EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT ROTARY PERF 11 ISSUE, SCOTT 594. ONE OF THE RAREST 20TH CENTURY STAMPS AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THIS CLEAR CIRCULAR DATESTAMP CANCEL.

The 1c Green, Scott 594, is waste from a horizontal rotary printing used to make coils. At the beginning or end of a coil-stamp print run from the 170-subject rotary plates, some leading or trailing paper was produced that was too short for rolling into 500-stamp rolls. In 1919 the Bureau devised a plan to salvage this waste by perforating and cutting the sheets into panes. They were put through the 11-gauge flat-plate perforator in use at the time, giving the sheets full perforations on all sides. The existence of Scott 594 was not reported until four months after the final sheets were delivered, and the 1c Rotary Perf 11 was soon recognized as one of the rarest United States stamps.

Our census of Scott 594, available at our website at: http://www.siegelauctions.com/dynamic/census/594/594.pdf , contains 92 used singles, four used pairs and five covers (including one with a pair) for a total of 106 used stamps. Most have perforations either in on one or more sides and/or have faults. Less than half a dozen examples have clear circular datestamps such as the example offered here.

Census No. 594-CAN-13. With 1958 P.F. and 2015 P.S.A.G. certificates

10,500
8,000
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234
 
Sale 1174, Lot 234, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)1c Yellow Green, Coil (604). Perfectly centered with Jumbo margins, brilliant color, neat Richmond Va. circular datestamp, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $150.00 for 98), this is the highest grade awarded and only example to achieve it

0
375
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235
 
Sale 1174, Lot 235, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Lexington-Concord (618). Bold color, light wavy-line cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), only one example grades higher

4
130
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236
 
Sale 1174, Lot 236, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)5c Lexington-Concord (619). Intense shade on bright paper, Jumbo margins with perfect centering, bold Passaic N.J. machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a stunning stamp in every respect, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $650.00), this is the highest grade on record with none equal

13
425
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237
 
Sale 1174, Lot 237, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Sesquicentennial (627). Huge margins with precise centering, rich color, neat strike of air mail illustrated biplane machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp, with 2011 and 2013 P.S.E. certificates (Superb 98; SMQ $210.00), one of only four examples at this grade with one higher

0
90
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238
 
Sale 1174, Lot 238, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)5c Ericsson (628). Impressive centering nearing perfection, neat machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $325.00), only one example grades higher

3
150
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239
 
Sale 1174, Lot 239, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Carmine, Ty. I (634). Jumbo margins with perfect centering, rich color, barest trace of a cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2013 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $295.00), this is the highest grade on record with only one other equal

0
110
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240
 
Sale 1174, Lot 240, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)6c Red Orange (638). Precise centering with balanced margins, vivid color, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2014 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $210.00), this is the highest grade on record and the sole example to achieve it

0
100
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241
 
Sale 1174, Lot 241, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Vermont (643). Perfectly centered with balanced margins, light unobtrusive wavy-line machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2009 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $300.00), this is the highest grade awarded with only one other equal

0
160
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242
 
Sale 1174, Lot 242, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Valley Forge (645). Perfect centering within Jumbo margins, intense shade on fresh paper, light violet cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98 Jumbo; SMQ $225.00 as 98, $500.00 as 100), this is one of only two examples to achieve this grade with only one graded higher

0
110
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243
 
Sale 1174, Lot 243, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)5c Aeronautics (650). Perfect centering, pretty violet machine cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2015 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $375.00)

3
110
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244
 
Sale 1174, Lot 244, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)2c Sullivan (657). Mathematically perfect centering, vivid color and detailed impression, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 90 Jumbo), this is the highest and sole example on record to achieve this impressive grade

0
225
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245
 
Sale 1174, Lot 245, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)4c Kans. Ovpt. (662). Deep rich color on bright paper, impeccably well-centered with balanced margins, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Superb 98; SMQ $475.00), only one example has graded higher

9
325
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246
 
Sale 1174, Lot 246, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)1-1/2c Nebr. Ovpt. (670). Mathematically centered with wide and balanced margins, neat oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2016 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ above the grade of 98, SMQ $200.00 as 98), this is the highest grade awarded and the only example to achieve this level of perfection

2
350
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247
 
Sale 1174, Lot 247, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)5c Kosciuszko (734). Perfectly centered with wide margins, lovely rich color, unobtrusive barred cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2012 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ), this is the highest grade awarded and it is shared by only one other

E. 150-200
165
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248
 
Sale 1174, Lot 248, 1922 and Later Issues (Scott 551-740)1c National Parks (740). Mathematically perfect centering, balanced margins, wonderful color, neat mute oval cancel, Extremely Fine Gem, with 2011 P.S.E. certificate (Gem 100; unpriced in SMQ), this is the sole example to grade Gem 100 with none higher

E. 150-200
170
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